Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Social network sites 'monitored'

Jaw dropping news this morning as I turn on the television and am told that social networks are to be monitored by the UK government. Civil liberties campaigners have called the proposal a "snoopers' charter". It is not so much the monitoring of social networks, but rather the issue of unintended consequences or "expandable mutability " whereby surveillance technology intended for one purpose ends up being use for another. Given the rise of techniques such as behavioural advertising and monitoring at ISP/network level surely more user and consumer caution is needed? More from the BBC here.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.